HERE IS AN ALTTERNATIVE TO STRESS!

 

In these days of modern life, every one of us has a problem namely stress, which in its extremity attacks every one of us. It may lead to heart attack and eventually death. The only right remedy for this illness is absolute relaxation. Each one of us has different sorts of pressures and worries and they happen to increase mental stress. Whether it is the rich or the salaried group, there is stress among them due to many
different worries.

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THE SCIENCE OF MEANING

According to the mainstream, traditional notions, science cannot answer life’s big questions, such as how one can find meaning in life; that is the domain of religion. Using science to address life’s meaning and purpose may seem surprising to many nonreligious people. However, there has been a wave of recent research in psychology, cognitive neuroscience, sociology, history, and other material as well as social science disciplines on life meaning and purpose. To be clear, the research does not what life is all about. It does not answer the question “What is the meaning of life?” objectively. Instead, the research addresses how to gain a personal and rich sense of meaning and purpose in life and how to answer the question “What is the meaning of life for you?”

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SCUPTURES DEFEATING THE DRESS CODE

PALANI.ARANGASAMY

Apparel oft proclaims the man, said Shakespeare in the sixteenth century.  The same has sparked a controversy in the twenty first century. Basically the dress is for protecting the body.  That is why there are variations of dress among men of one country from another. Cotton dress in tropical lands and woollen suit in cold climate. Gradually the dress became a symbol of respect. Certain persons wearing  ceremonial dress alone were permitted before the kings and queens. Seeing a man of authority with a towel on one’s own shoulder was a matter of disrespect. The towel tied around the waist is a symbol of humbleness. In the lowest ebb of such custom, low-caste women in Kerala were not permitted for a long time to wear a bodice or a covering over their blouses. No wonder therefore that a dress code has become a matter of concern among the legal disputants to-day.

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IN TAMILNADU, MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS ECHO CASTE DRUMBEAT

G.OLIVANAN

Vice president, The Rationalist' Forum

Tamilnadu

Recently, there was a lot of buzz in the social media when ‘thavil’ exponent Valayappati Subramaniam refused to take part in a programme in which his name and photograph were printed alongside a ‘parai’ exponent. The organizer of the event, Ravi Karthikeyan, said that Valayappati was angry that he was being honoured along with a parai player. Subramaniam told him that parai is played in funerals and thavil at auspicious functions, so the two cannot go together. But, in reality , both the instruments are played at funerals and during auspicious occasions.

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LAW AND RELIGON WILL THE TWAIN (N)WVER MEET?

It has been a long, long journey for the fourth varna (shudra) in the lowest rung of Hindu hierarchy to achieve equality, which is their birth right in law and now constitutionally guaranteed. The battle is not yet over, but there have been many milestones, legislations and judge-made law and the journey’s end as for as law is concerned is still at a distance.

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